Do You Have a Good Picture of a Ducking Feathering Out?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by OldGuy43, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Surely someone here has such a picture. I'm not sure what I'm looking for. [​IMG] I know that, being a little short of 3 weeks old they shouldn't be, but some look like they might be sometimes, and I don't want to miss changing their feed from starter. Any guidance will be appreciated.
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2012
  2. lovesgliders

    lovesgliders Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are my Mallards at a smidge over three weeks of age:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/justinluv/5941031432/in/set-72157626899888753

    If you click around in that photo set, I have chronological pictures of both small batches of ducks that I've raised. I tend to take a lot of pictures. LOL

    Don't stress over the starter feed and when to switch. With my first ducks, the Mallards, I fed them Mazuri waterfowl starter for like three months (they still seemed like babies to me!). They turned out just fine! You won't hurt them if you aren't exactly on the mark (as if there even is a mark) to switch them to grower.
     
  3. AnimalLady123

    AnimalLady123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am sorry only have chickens...:( But will get Ducks as soon as we get a fence :)
     
  4. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you. You know how us first time poultry papa's are. [​IMG] Guess I should take my own advice and let them be ducks? [​IMG]
     
  5. clbarley

    clbarley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been taking pictures of mine daily and when they start the feather out I will post them!
     
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The odd thing about ducklings (compared to chicks) is that they bulk up, still fuzzy, as chicks are feathering out. Chicks put growing energy into feathers, then bodies, but ducklings add body mass before hard feathers. They are fuzzy but huge, with just wing and some tail feathers coming in at five weeks or so....
     
  7. clbarley

    clbarley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is what my girls look like now, they are kind of mangy lol

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  8. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    CLBarley, how old are they please?
     
  9. clbarley

    clbarley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    22 days. I think it is kind of funny on the other forum post people were saying the underbelly feathers out first, and that is what I thought too. But my girls are getting feathers on their sides first they have no feathers on their bellies yet.
     
  10. DUCKGIRL89

    DUCKGIRL89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They get feathers on their wings, and sides. then they get feathers on their belly and back.
     

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